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Scott Cowie

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics

Birthday and Sage Visit

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Hello everyone, so today was my birthday (25th of June) thanks to my loverly girlfriend and those who chipped in to get me my limited edition Batman PS4 really appreciate it. I also appreciate the other gifts I got too ;p and it was nice having the family for a nice meal always a good time with us all together.

So as I mentioned I also visited Sage they are conducting a hackathon in which we are the only externals that have been invited for this and it’s the first one so definitely pressure on to win but it’ll be good fun to work with their API and see how it ticks. It will be great experience and something to add to my CV and could be good as a potential doorway into a graduate job. These are the things you need to consider doing if you want to make sure your CV shines amongst the rest.

Movie Night: Fathers Day Special

Sunday, June 21st, 2015


Hello everyone, so as you may know that today is Fathers day for those who celebrate it and today I did something a bit different. I have now decided that the best way to celebrate it, isn’t by buying a novelty or stupid gift as a fake attempt at showing you care. So what did I do? Well I bought him a little token gift card but I also treat him to dinner and the cinema as spending time with your loved ones is better than just throwing money at him pretending you care. I’ve always appreciated both my parents as they have molded me into what I am today and considering the viral’s you see on the interweb and the news I’m pretty sure they’ve done a great job.

Anyway onto the film! Now I must admit I have been playing the LEGO Jurasic Park/World game on the Xbox One and 360 because I am a nerd 🙂 and I sort of knew how the story was going to unfold but this was definitely better than all the rest. The main story is based after the events of the other films returning back to Isla Nublar where the original Jurassic Park was situated but as before fate ends up intervening in what could have been a promising park. I don’t want to reveal too much as this one is definitely a must see but I will bring up something that always bugs me.

How come in all new movies that seem to be coming out that involves technology or some new form of science, why does it always have to be turned into a weapon why aren’t people happy with just a nuclear bomb? it’ll destroy us eventually why do you need to make advancements, oo a shiny crystal cube that could give us unending electricity, that would help us save the planet from global warming etc. No lets use it to kill each other… positive story lines as usual… watch the film you’ll see what I mean. Anyway this is a must watch especially if your a fan of the JP series of movies. 5/5 from me 🙂 enjoy the trailer!

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My favourite announcements from E3

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Hello everyone Scott here, first off looks like my birthday is going to get busy got the SuPA awards showcase and possibly could be the day when I am going to sage to meet up before the hackathon. But less about that more about E3 announcements!!!


Firstly… Final Fantasy VII is getting a remake.

So years after Square Enix said they would not ever make a remake of Final Fantasy 7 they finally announced it is being reborn for the PS4. Here is the trailer:

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See I love Final Fantasy and I am saving up on my GAME wallet for a PS4 so hint hint if they make a special edition console with it I would definitely buy it ^.^ and would definitely get me to buy one. It has been one of those games that I have returned to and replayed multiple times even with what would be consider now as bad graphics. It is a definite classic and with the popularity of the Final Fantasy X remake I imagine this is what pushed the FF7 remake to fruition.

Secondly… Fallout 4!!!

OMG! I have always loved Bethesda’s approach to massive and fun filled maps with an epic amount of freedom I have played Fallout, Oblivion Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas and they were all fun and I enjoyed it so much I played some of them on other consoles. They definitely look like they’ve tried to improve it as New Vegas admittedly felt like it was just Fallout 3 but a different area including much better and realistic lighting effects and some great new weapons such as the Laser Musket. Here’s  the trailer but the XBOX one showcase is better on the E3 website (doesn’t look like same release for PS4):

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Lastly… Rise of the Tomb Raider!

Simply put it looks amazing the graphics are better than the last although I must admit when I went to the Game On event at the Life Center in Newcastle through Uni I didn’t realise how old the original game was even though I still love it. I have all the original PS one versions of Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider on my PSVita…. Jealous You should be.

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A thought occurs, a lot of the games seemed to be focused on Xbox One and it makes me wonder, as to how it seems that a lot of the new bigger games are focused on Xbox not PS4 and I wonder if it is to do with the engine it is running on. Tomb Raider I am aware is being published by  Microsoft hence why it will be exclusive, Microsoft are definitely getting more involved in the gaming Universe considering they took over Minecraft.

And in other amazing news slowly but surely backwards compatibility will be coming to Xbox One so if you were holding off converting from the 360 your prayers may have been answered lord knows it’ll save me the thought of whether to keep my Xbox 360 or not as I mostly play PS3 (saving for PS4) at home and Xbox One round Rebecca’s so sounds good to me ^.^

Thanks for reading guys!!

University Life Goes On

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Hi guys Scott here!

So as the title might suggest this is a little bit about how even though your course might end there are still plenty of things to be getting on with to better your CV and inevitably your career. Here is a little video on the matter.

So like I mentioned I am going to be part of a hackathon, this should be fun and considering I don’t really sleep it should be a piece of cake but I will try and do like running video updates during the night/event and then I will upload the video for you guys to see. So keep an eye out.

As I also mentioned I will be continuing on into August as it ends the 30th (contract ends) therefore I will try to do a blog about my placement maybe even get a first day there video going.

Anyway thanks for reading/watching and stay tuned!


  • Name: Scott Cowie
  • Age: 25
  • Studying: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birtley, UK
  • Ambitions: I want to go far in the Computer Forensics Industry and help create a world with a safe computer environment for everyone.

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